By Shawn Despres
Saturday night’s gig by Seoul melodic skate punks Gumx will be a little more special than usual. Bassist Keunyoung Lee will soon be relocating to Tokyo and this will be his last show before the move.
Please note, this will *NOT* be his final concert with Gumx. The trio have been kicking around for nearly a decade now and have no plans to stop playing together anytime soon. On last year’s “Old” CD guitarist and vocalist Yongwon Lee sang about how he hopes the group will still be together when they are 60. Seeing as how all the members are currently in their late 20s they still have a lot of great music to make together.
Speaking of which, Gumx will shortly be releasing a new EP in Japan through the Toy’s Factory label. Japan is a much bigger market for the act so with any luck, having Keunyoung based there will help open up some more avenues for them. A song from the EP was debuted during their recent opening stint for Tokyo’s Nicotine at Sangsang Madang Live Hall so there’s a pretty good chance some more material from it may surface in Saturday’s set. There are photos and a short English review from their Sangsang Madang gig on Japanese web site Smashing Mag.
The Strikers will join Gumx at Club Spot on Saturday night. The show starts at 11 p.m. and cover is 20,000 won. Keunyoung plans to fly back to Korea whenever Gumx has shows, but I’m guessing it’ll probably be a few months before local fans have the chance to see the band perform again which should be some extra incentive to get out to this concert.
If anyone is interested in reading more about Gumx, here’s an article I wrote about the guys last spring for The Japan Times.